Linda Larson’s July 14 column suggested that food is medicine. She is absolutely right!
Although she was quoting information from a nonprofit, we have local information collected through St. Cloud State University, CentraCare and Second Harvest Heartland that shows diabetics who don’t have reliable access to nutritious food when supplied with food each month for a year had a decrease in ER visits and hospitalizations.
These people often were choosing between food and medications, which resulted in poor health with real consequences. These are the same people who are often on Medicare, Medicaid and other tax-supported health plans. Connecting the dots, people who are unable to afford good food and medication and health insurance will cost all of us through our tax dollars.
Although I don’t support insurance companies paying for food in all circumstances, we, as a community, do need to figure out ways to get good food supplied to all people in our community.
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